October 15, 2007

ASI Insider Report: Lee back under center

Lee back under center (By Derek Redd, Osceola)

Despite Xavier Lee's short trip to the sideline in the fourth quarter of last Thursday's loss to Wake Forest, both FSU head coach Bobby Bowden and offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher made it clear there was no QB controversy this week. Lee will start against Miami this Saturday.

And Lee hopes to reverse the fortunes of the Florida State offense in the past few games against the Hurricanes. In the last three games against Miami, all season openers, neither team has scored more than 16 points.

"It's been totally a defensive game when it comes to us playing Miami," Lee said following Monday's practice. "It's always been 10-7 or something like that. If we execute like we're supposed to and keep putting points up on the board, we'll be all right."

Lee and the FSU offense had little trouble putting points on the board in the first half against Wake Forest, but stalled in the second half. The only points the Seminoles could score in the second half against the Demon Deacons came on Lee's scoring run on FSU's final drive of the game.

Lee finished the game completing 24 of 45 passes for 283 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. But a second-half rough patch caused Bowden and Fisher to decide to put Drew Weatherford into the game. Weatherford, the starter for the season's first four games, lasted one series, enough, Fisher said, to let Lee get his bearings back.

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